The Gujarat government, which has promised to buy solar power from farmers at a maximum rate of Rs 7 per unit under Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) launched last June, purchased 52 per cent of solar power from private entities such as Adani and Tata firms at a much higher rate of Rs 15 per unit during 2013-18.
Experts claim that though the price of solar power has fallen considerably, the government has continued to pay 2010 rates to the private firms. Gujarat produced over 8,275 million units of solar power between 2013 and 2018, as per data submitted in a written reply by Energy Minister Saurabh Patel to Gujarat Assembly in September 2018.
During this period, 4,322 million units of power — which accounts for 52 per cent of the total production in the state —was bought by the state government entity, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), at a rate of Rs 15 per unit from 42 different entities as per Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) signed with them. Read more